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The arctic weather we have been experiencing for several weeks now definitely put a chill in the Real Estate market in January.   Listing and sales were both down, more so than the average slowdown typically experienced in the January...

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For over 100 years, Coldwell Banker has helped people find homes, and now our mission extends to man’s best friend. Because there’s nothing like coming home — especially when there’s a furry friend waiting on the other side of the door...

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Overstaying your visit to soak up some extra sun in Florida or Arizona this winter could have some unpleasant implications. Both the U.S. and Canada can now closely monitor travelers and precisely calculate the number of days Canadians...

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The New Year is a time for changes and fresh starts. So why not start the year off right by making some changes within your home to keep it safe. With just a few very affordable adjustments, you can make your home a safer haven for you...

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When you’re weighing real estate values and considering the health of a potential retirement venue, it’s normal to look at the traditional consumer-oriented publications and measures. But a bird’s-eye view of the market and a peek at...

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If you’re one of the thousands of Canadians who either already own or are thinking of buying a rental property, then you know that having a great tenant is half the battle. Taking the time to check out references and screening...

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As more and more Canadians reach the point in their lives where they have paid off their mortgage, or have greater financial resources, their thoughts may turn to buying a vacation property. Demand for summer cottages or year-round...

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The fall edition of the Real Estate Council of Ontario‘s consumer publication RECOnnect is out and is filled with helpful information for home buyers and sellers. In this issue you will get: the straight goods on 8 common...

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National Home Sales Way Up in May The latest statistics released by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) this past week confirm what I and many Real Estate agents like myself experienced in May- sales activity was WAY up. After...

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Between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world's population over 60 years will double from about 11 percent to 22 percent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). How well those seniors will live depends greatly on the...

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The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported the average sale price for all property types in March was 10.8 per cent higher than same month last year while the volume of listings and sales continue to be lower than...

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The calendar says March. The real estate industry says the spring buying season is getting under way. If your senior relatives have decided it's their season to downsize and move, start preparing the house. Now. Your real estate...

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The Realtor's Association of Hamilton Burlington reported today that residential sales were down 6.4% and the number of listings were up by 6.1% in January compared to the same month last year. Although sales seem low, when compared...

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It has been almost a year since I created my website using WordPress and it has been a lot of fun tweaking it throughout the year based on feedback I have received and adding fresh content on a regular basis. This past week I received...

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The Realtor's Association of Hamilton Burlington reported today that the residential market saw a 8.3 percent increase in average sale price in December compared to the same month the previous year. Read the full report...

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Growing up as a single child I seem to have always had a natural affinity for the generations ahead of me. That’s why, when I discovered a program that would expand my knowledge of how life stages impact real estate choices as...

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The numbers are in and November was a hot month.  In fact, I personally had my best November ever – it’s a good thing to be busy. The average sale price in Burlington rose by 6.18% (chart 1) over the same month last year...

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Lest We Forget

November 11, 2012Life@Home

Thank you to all of the men and women that have served so bravely to protect our freedoms. Your sacrifice shall not be forgotten....

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When faced with winter cold, homeowners can take a number of steps to reduce how much they spend staying warm. According to HouseLogic, lowering the thermostat three to five degrees and turning it off when no one is home could reduce...

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Market update provided by the REALTORS Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) (October 4, 2012 – Hamilton, Ontario)  The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported the residential market saw a 13 per cent increase...

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Average sale price up; listings, sales down  (July 6, 2012 – Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton‐Burlington (RAHB) reported 1338 property sales through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) for the month of...

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A little Saturday morning fun to announce my most recent sale…Sold in just 6 days!  The happy home sellers can now focus on enjoying time around the pool this summer and look forward to moving into their new home. ENJOY! (Click...

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Low inventory of listings; average residential sale price still higher than one year ago  (June 6, 2012 – Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton‐Burlington (RAHB) reported 1552 property sales through the RAHB Multiple...

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The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton‐Burlington (RAHB) reported 1454 property sales through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) for the month of April. RAHB also reported a 9.6 per cent increase in average sale price for the...

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The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1365 property sales through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) for the month of March 2012. RAHB also reported a 6.9 per cent increase in average sale price for...

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When it comes to staging a home for sale, sellers should create a warm, inviting yet neutral atmosphere that will appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. The good news is, sellers don’t need to do a complete design overhaul to...

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I am inviting you to an evening that will change your life.  Change your life? Yes, change your life. Last night I attended the graduation class of a group of individuals from diverse backgrounds who I had the privilege of spending the...

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I’ve believed it since I moved here over twenty years ago, and Money Sense magazine agrees, Burlington is one of the best cities in Canada to live.  Today, Money Sense magazine published their  2012 report on the Best Places to...

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Just finished delivery of my latest Real Estate Market Update.  What a gorgeous day for walking the neighbourhood and appreciating the beauty and variety of homes in our neighbourhood.  You can view a copy of the Market Update by...

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Last week I posted Part 1 of our discussion on the key items to consider when determining just how much home you can afford (Budgeting Your Carrying Costs).  Here is Part 2 – Closing Costs and Moving Expenses. Closing Costs and...

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The alarm still goes off way too early each morning, but with winter rapidly passing by, I enjoy the fact that the sun has been rising before me over the past couple of weeks.  Early mornings are a lot easier to take with the sun on...

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I am shocked at the sheer volume of charts and graphs that try and focus consumers on the stats and appreciation trends in home buying and selling. Now, the dollars and cents and crime stats are all a part of the decision to buy a...

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Budgeting your Carrying Costs Finding the right property at an affordable price can sometimes be a challenge.  When it comes to deciding just how much home you can afford, there are two kinds of expenses you’ll need to consider – the...

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Buying a home is probably the single largest investment you’ll ever make, and you want to ensure you get the best value for your hard-earned dollar. That’s why more and more buyers today are turning to professional Home...

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The chart below shows the 2011 year end statistics for all property types for all areas of the Realtors Association of Hamilton Burlington. *Information provided by the Realtors Association of Hamilton Burlington  ...

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